Creamy Vanilla Choc Chai Brûlée

I love the idea of chai tea.   What’s not to love?  That heady enticing aroma of spices.  Cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper swirling around in a hot tea drink just smells so divine. Except it is a tea drink with milk.  I have never liked milk in tea.  Ever.  So I struggle with the…

Lebkuchen Semifreddo

I was going to make my lebkuchen cookies this year but it looks to be a warm one this Christmas.  Yes, yes, lucky us, hey … with our summery Christmas 🙂 Except that those of us with European heritage get a little out of sorts with our love of traditional Christmas fare.  I try to…

Salted Caramel Profiteroles

If I had my way, choux pastry would be THE NEXT BIG THING.  Actually, it would be a PERMANENT next big thing! I ♥ choux. More than any other pastry.  It is fun to make, delicious to eat and provides one with endless possibilities for all manner of stunning desserts and a whole universe of…

Heavenly Raw Chocolate Protein Bars

Where do I start?  Is this a healthy, nutritious snack or is it divinely wicked?  I’d have to say it is both! These bars certainly contain only good, healthy, nutritious ingredients.  But they  don’t taste like a “health bar”.  They are fantastically moist, caramelly sweet from the dates, chocolately, and slightly gooey, with a nice…

Crostata di Fichi Freschi e Ficonero

The lovely folk over at the live with ILVE blog invited me to contribute a guest post recently.   So, with fig season now in full swing, how could I post about anything other than a fig tart?  While we can get figs all year round here in Australia, the Victorian fig season is actually…

Lemon & White Chocolate Trüffeltorte

I wish I had a funky story to write about.  I don’t.  I don’t even have fabulous photos to share.  Life now is all about work … renovations … cleaning … work … I wish I could just spend more time in the kitchen and sharing my fabtastic kitchen adventures with you.  Not too many…

Lime & White Rum Truffles

I cannot totally express my joy at spending an evening in my kitchen surrounded by the sight and aromas of sifted cacao and … oh my sweet criollo … melting couverture.  Since my week of chocolate abstinence, I’ve hardly eaten much chocolate.  Well, aside from those scrummy protein truffles, but I won’t count that.  I’m…

Amarenata

I remember gorgeous blue and white vases, with the word AMARENA emblazoned on them, with me staring up at them in wonder.  What child isn’t fascinated by beautiful, tantalising displays of sweet seduction in a pastry shop?  I know it wasn’t just me.  Most Italian pasticcerie, even here in Melbourne, Australia (so so far away!),…

Torroncino Ice-Cream

Aaahhhh nuts, what to do with all that leftover torrone from Christmas? When too much nougat is never enough … make gelato.  Let’s face it, you’re probably just a wee bit tired after all the Christmas preparations, celebrations and indulgence, right?  Yes, it’s easier just to eat the nougat, au naturel, but it’s more fun…

Protein Cheesecake with Mango

Cheesecake.  I never make cheesecake.  Well, not often.  Not a huge fan, to be honest. But what a great idea for getting a protein fix with dessert!  All those eggs and high protein cheese, yoghurt, etc.  Plus, you can do so much with them … the sky is the limit with flavours you can play…

Passionfruit Cream Sponge

There is something about springtime and the Royal Melbourne Show that makes one think of tradition, the country, and dang it, the mighty CWA. Huh? What say you?  The CWA, dear long-distance readers, is the Country Women’s Association of Victoria.  A wonderful bunch of ladies with a long and rather distinguished history and a long-standing…

Gianduja Ice Cream

Gianduja.  It’s so quintessentially Italian, it’s almost a national flavour emblem.  It would be tantamount to treason for an Italian to dislike the heady combination of chocolate and hazelnuts.  Consider the place that Nutella‡ has in the Italian national psyche … The origin of the name comes from a character in Italy’s Commedia dell’ Arte,…

Mocha Mousse Cake Bliss

Can you hear that?  That’s the sound of crickets … it’s been rather quiet around here lately.  Life takes over and it’s hard to find the time to post anything.  Not that I haven’t been baking and cooking up a storm.  I have!  A bizarre number of visitors last weekend consumed the equivalent of a…

Vanilla Charm Quark Ice Cream with Blueberries

Maybe it’s because we are witnessing the end of the Space Shuttle era.  Maybe it’s the run of documentaries about space and the origins of the universe that I’ve found myself watching lately.  But I’ve got rather nostalgic about my time as a physicist. While working on my thesis, I was stupendously lucky.  Lucky to…

Salted Caramel Gelato & Awards Time

I seem to have abandoned my post (pardon the pun).  Back again now and with a special mission.  Awards!!  Oh, yes, and there is a recipe too 🙂 In the past month or so, I’ve been very lucky (and very stunned) to receive several awards from fellow bloggers and kindred spirits.  As a novice blogger,…

Tiramisù

I hope everyone had a wonderful and chocolatey Easter!  Apologies for taking so long to get this post up but better late than never, right? Tiramisù means “pick me up” and is a classic dessert, the origins of which are a hotly debated issue.   I won’t join the fray here except to suggest the…